Pearl Friends: Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls

Continuing our series of Pearl Friend interviews, a man who needs little introduction, Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls interviews with Cynde and Wendy at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus.

I’ve been friends with Josh for about a decade and you would be hard-pressed to find a more friendly and passionate man. He loves what he does and he loves life!

Enjoy!

Pearl Friends: Douglas McLaurin

In April we started a series called Pearl Friends and interviewed two friends and customers who have amazing collections of pearl jewelry, Cynde and Wendy.

We decided to wait until the annual Pearl-Guide ruckus for the opportunity to interview more pearl friends and Cynde and Wendy turned the tables on us — they decided to do the interviews and we decided to film them!

This first interview is with Douglas McLaurin and is fascinating! I’ve been to his farm and consider him a very good friend and even I learned a couple things from this interview.

Enjoy!

The September Hong Kong Jewelry Show

It’s been a busy summer here at Pearl Paradise with the mid-year sale followed by the Pearl-Guide Ruckus, the Tahitian promotion and now the Connoisseur Sale. I just realized today that I forgot to post about the upcoming trip to the September Hong Kong jewelry show!

Hisano and I leave this Friday and this time we are bringing Angela with us! Angela has been our photographer for three years now and she was part of the magic behind the videos shot at the ruckus. She is coming to Hong Kong to take lots and lots of photos and video. This should be good!

I know it is last minute, but feel free to reach out to me or to Hisano with any special requests. As always, we’ll do our best to find them — Jeremy@pp and Hisano@pp
The Hong Kong Show

Pearl-Guide Ruckus 2014

The Pearl Guide Ruckus, 2014

We were so honored again this year to play host for the fifth year in a row to dozens of our “Pearl” friends from around the world. For a long, three-day weekend, we participated in pearl discussions, talks, a pearl-laden party (the RUCKUS!) and of course pearl shopping!

This year, the festivities were held at an estate in Palos Verdes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The weather was fantastic; morning haze for perfect diffused natural light to appreciate the true beauty of pearls, and sunny afternoons, which brought paradise-like sunsets.

For our friends that couldn’t make it this year, we have something special coming up! We decided to film all the talks, the discussion and  pearl-friend interviews! We are busy with the editing now and the first video, a talk given by Mr. Douglas McLaurin of the Sea of Cortez pearl farm in Mexico, will be posted this week.

Since we have videos coming, I’ve decided to skip posting a full overview here, and instead share links to forum threads started my our friends who attended and a collection of photos posted on Facebook!

Wendy and Cynde’s account – A Weekend Spent in Paradise at the 2014 Ruckus

How I Found My Ruckus Pearls, by Pricescope’s FlyGirl, and a second thread of Ruckus Neck Shots (what a brilliant idea!)

BSomlo’s My 2014 Ruckus Experience

A finally, a thread dedicated to Hisano’s little h Pearl Geode and Finestrino line, which debuted the evening of the Ruckus.

What to do with a 55 mm pearl — challenge accepted!

A monster of a pearlAbout a year and a half ago, Hisano and I brought back a truly giant, baroque pearl from Asia. It measured a whopping 55 mm in length and 35 mm in width. The shape was very interesting as well. It looked to some like the beginnings of a wooly mammoth, others saw clouds. To me it looked like the potential for something big and something special. It just needed an artist with a vision to create something amazing.

In a blog post back in June of 2013, we asked the question, “what to do with a 55 mm pearl?” I am thankful to say that a dear friend of mine and long-time member of the Pearl-Guide community answered that question.

Sheri Jurnecka of Junecka Creations loves big pearls. She also has a special affinity toward octupi, and likes to use giant single pearls as bulbous heads.

A Jurnecka Creation

A Jurnecka Creation

Sheri spent quite a while thinking about the different possibilities for such a pearl. She sketched several different options before having a moment of realization. This giant behemouth of a pearl looked strikingly similar to the body of a leafy sea dragon!

Leafy Sea Dragon, courtesy of Wikipedia

Leafy Sea Dragon, courtesy of Wikipedia

The leafy sea dragon is native to the southern part of Australia and is aptly named due to its uncanny resemblance to a dragon. But unlike its fire-breathing mythical cousin, this dragon grows only around 20 centimeters in length and lives underwater. Sheri used this creature as a source of inspiration to create a stunning piece of art.

At the Pearl-Guide ruckus two weekends ago (another blog post will be coming on that in the not-too-distant future), Sheri unveiled her answer to the challenge — what to do with a 55 mm pearl.

Sheri and her leafy sea dragon

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